26. Spatial Strategies for Rebordering Human Migration at Sea

  1. Thomas M. Wilson3 and
  2. Hastings Donnan4
  1. Alison Mountz1 and
  2. Nancy Hiemstra2

Published Online: 5 DEC 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255223.ch26

Companion to Border Studies, A

Companion to Border Studies, A

How to Cite

Mountz, A. and Hiemstra, N. (2012) Spatial Strategies for Rebordering Human Migration at Sea, in Companion to Border Studies, A (eds T. M. Wilson and H. Donnan), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118255223.ch26

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University, State University of New York, USA

  2. 4

    Queen's University Belfast, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Syracuse University, USA

  2. 2

    Emerson College's, United Kingdom

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 DEC 2012
  2. Published Print: 22 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405198936

Online ISBN: 9781118255223



  • spatial strategies at sea, how and where borders are moving at sea;
  • spatial strategies, across sites of enforcement;
  • nation-states' border impenetrability, hyperpermeable to the desired;
  • three spatial strategies, mobile border enforcement at sea;
  • spatial strategies, employed in rebordering at sea;
  • externalization, respatializing migration control;
  • destination countries, foreign aid in formal agreements;
  • legal manipulation of territorial status;
  • Department of Homeland Security strategy, “pushing our borders out”;
  • destination states' policies, pivotal in migration, smuggling


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Spatial Strategies Employed to “Reborder the Sea”

  • The Geographical Relationship between Human Smuggling and Enforcement

  • United States Interdiction at Sea: From the Caribbean to the North Pacific

  • The Australian Solutions in the Pacific and Indian Oceans

  • Redrawing the Lines around the European Union

  • Conclusion

  • References